Now in its third year, Short Run is a women-owned arts organization in Seattle that celebrates small press in all its forms, from zines, comics, art books, and more. We have events planned all throughout November, leading to a spectacular book fair at historic Washington Hall on Saturday, November 30th with over 120 writers and artists in attendance.
Bitch asked us to put together a list of our favorite small press artists from the festival. Grab a copy of these wherever you can find them!
Pamplemoussi (L’ Oie de Cravan) by Genevieve Castree
Pamplemoussi is a beautifully silkscreened comic that comes with an LP by the artist. The songs are packed with an atmospheric hum and crackle. The drawings are a captivating collection of short vignettes filled with obsessive, mesmerizing texture immediately followed by empty space. At first glance the scenes seem playful but there is an underlying sadness and unease as the viewer weaves through forests, oceans, and ice. This book is a little hard to find but her autobiographical first graphic novel, Susceptible, was released this year and is available in most bookstores.
17 Weddings (self-published) by Robyn Jordan
Hitting your thirties means going to weddings. Robyn has a great way of getting to the heart of each of the 17 weddings she attends. The book is filled with hilarious details and great personal characters. Worthy of several reads to pick up on all the funny and misfortunate moments.
The Blonde Woman (self-published) by Aidan Koch
Aidan lets you visit a world with the same language, but a different structure of what language is. It is the structure of dreams where everything is both suggested and specific, where it only takes a blur of green to understand that this is my mom before the divorce but after she stopped wearing glasses. There are scattered hints and symbols that you harvest along the way as the story takes its soft shape.
We look forward to these two artists most of all in our Oily Comics subscription envelopes. Their stories are dark twists masked in sweet little books. Lou is a serialized tale of a child wandering off that ends with your heart rapidly pumping.
Journal (Koyama Press) by Julie Delporte
Beautifully scrawled on the back of the book is the sentence, “Since you left, I draw everyday.” And so sums up the tender illustrated diary of Canadian cartoonist Julie Delporte, detailing the aftermath of a break-up and the process of putting everything back together. Absolutely engaging and affecting in its simplicity, and so, so relatable.
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Nicole J. Georges
At the age of 23, Portland artist Georges learned from a psychic that the father she thought was dead was, in fact, still alive. Racked with confusion, she does what any of us would do: she turns to Dr. Laura Schlessinger, radio talk-show host. Georges has always displayed a wonderful knack for storytelling, ever since she hit the scene with her comic auto-bio comic Invincible Summer, and her debut full-length graphic novel is every bit as delightful.
This list was put together by Short Run organizers Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh, and Janice Headley. Get more information on Short Run’s free festival and the entire schedule right here.